Nolan Bushnell

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Nolan Bushnell

Name: Nolan K. Bushnell

Born: February 5, 1943, in Clearfield, Utah, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • American engineer and entrepreneur who founded both Atari, Inc. and the Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza-Time Theaters chain.
  • Started more than twenty companies and is one of the founding fathers of the video game industry. Atari's home version of the game Pong was a huge success.
  • Sold Atari to Warner Communications for $28 million.
  • On the board of a company called anti-aging games.
  • Co-founder and Chairman of Brainrush, believes that Brainrush will be his biggest success and fundamentally change education.

Honors and awards

  • Inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame.
  • Inducted into the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame.
  • Received the Nations Restaurant News "Innovator of the Year" award.
  • Named one of Newsweek's "50 Men Who Changed America."


"Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference."

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